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NYCFC transfer Poku to Miami FC of NASL

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Kwadwo Poku is switching Major League Soccer for the North American Soccer League.

On Wednesday New York City FC announced that Poku, 24, had been transferred to Miami FC with the fee not stated but believed to be around $750,000.

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The powerful Ghanaian attacker scored four goals in six starts for NYCFC in 2015 and become a cult figure for the Bronx based club in their inaugural campaign.

However after falling down the pecking order since Patrick Vieira took charge of NYCFC in 2016, Poku is now heading back to the NASL where he spent time with the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2014.

Sporting Director Claudio Reyna had the following to say about the transfer:

“This is a move that really makes sense for us,” Reyna said. “Miami came with a significant offer that will give us options in the summer transfer window and beyond. We know and understand that at this stage of his career playing regular first team football is very important to Poku.”

“We’d like to thank Poku for his contribution to the building of New York City FC on and off the pitch. Everyone at the club wishes him the very best in this next chapter of his career.”

Wherever Poku goes, he will have a cult following but it seems like he just didn’t fit into Vieira’s plans at Yankee Stadium.

There’s no doubt that we will see him around the MLS scene in the future but now he has the chance to be the main man for NASL newcomers, Miami FC.

The club co-owned by Italy legend Paolo Maldini will look to bounce back from a rough 2016 Spring season as they won just one of their opening 10 games as an NASL franchise and finished bottom of the standings.

The Fall season for the NASL begins this weekend.

MLS Snapshot: Toronto FC 1-1 New York City FC

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The game in 100 words (or less): No Lampard, no Pirlo, and only 15 minutes of , not much of a problem for New York City FC, which dealt well with the shortened week and squeezed a point out of BMO Field in a rematch of March’s 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium. Will Johnson scored for Toronto, and basically made the right side of the midfield a no-fly zone for New York. The left side of the pitch, however, is where Kwadwo Poku snared a point for the visitors. NYC goes top of the East, and Toronto’s two points back.

Two moments that mattered

16′ — Clint Irwin hanging a bit too close to his near post — Or just close enough, if you’re Kwadwo Poku.

42′ — Someone should really have stayed with Will Johnson — Like, I don’t know, anyone in the crowd in front of him.

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Man of the match: Johnson, and not just because he scored. See the map below for: tackles (green), recoveries (orange) and interceptions (blue).

Will Johnson

Goalscorers: Poku (16′), Johnson (42′)

Report: NYCFC trio Poku, Mullins, Allen to train with Manchester City

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It’s not unusual for Major League Soccer players to get training stints with Premier League and other European clubs in the offseason.

But with the close relationship between Manchester City and New York City FC, any young players getting a look at the Etihad Stadium asks a closer view.

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Young, of course, is a relative term here, but an Asbury Park Press story on Monmouth University graduate and NYCFC defender R.J. Allen says that he’s one of three New York players head to Man City for 10 days of training with the big club.

From the APP:

On Wednesday, Allen, along with teammates Patrick Mullins and Kwadwo Poku, head for Manchester City, one of NYC’s owners, where the trio will spend ten days training with one of the English Premier League’s top organizations, working in the same state-of-the-art facility as international superstars like Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure.

It’s an interesting trio going to Manchester. Allen, as the article points out, was out of soccer before signing with NYCFC, while Mullins was the 11th overall pick in the 2014 SuperDraft before being selected in the expansion draft by NYC.

Poku is the most interesting part of the story, as the electric soon-to-be 24-year-old attacking midfielder became quickly beloved in New York. Ghana-born, Poku got his American start with the Georgian Revolution of the NPSL in 2011, joining the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2014 before coming the New York.

WATCH: NYCFC’s Pirlo and Villa help set up Poku for a cheeky finish

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There’s been a thriller in Columbus tonight, and Kwadwo Poku’s first of two goals sure makes it difficult to imagine he’s only been a pro for two seasons.

Of course, it helps to have Andrea Pirlo and David Villa on your side. Poku checks to the former’s scything ball and flicks it to the latter, who sends it into the 18.

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The goal scorer finishes it off with a flashy outside of the foot flick. The match was suspended, tied at 2, in the 77th minute.

Poku, 23, was born in Ghana and discovered in the NPSL just a few years ago, and now he’s teaming up with Pirlo and Villa to do things like this:

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Yes, he has a greencard.

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 24

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Week 24 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and was it ever one for the long-term memory bank! Saturday night’s slate of games offered up one of the most memorable comeback victories in MLS history.

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There was also a matter of Nat Borchers, who features in this week’s MLS Team of the Week (full squad below), scoring a 95th-minute winner against Real Salt Lake, his former club of seven seasons. Borchers’ late header was the only chink in the armor of Nick Rimando (also in the TOTW), who was predictably brilliant in nearly securing his side a 0-0 draw.

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Elsewhere in Week 24, Obafemi Martins returned from injury to score two goals; Robbie Keane marked his 100th MLS appearance with his 65th and 66th league goals; David Villa scored his 14th goal and notched his sixth assist of the season; and Kekuta Manneh bagged a first-half brace in an utterly dominant performance.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 24

Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

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Defenders: Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes)

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Midfielders: Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps), Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia Union), Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC), Paulo Nagamura (Sporting Kansas City)

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Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders), David Villa (New York City FC)

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